Survey: Country Nervous Over Trump Controversies

A Morning Consult/Politico poll finds that the morning news cycle has a majority or respondents feeling nervous about the future in the wake of the reports of various controversies surrounding the Trump administration, a perception held largely by Democrats.

The poll found that a majority of voters (55%, with a plus-or-minus two percentage point margin of error) say they feel nervous about the future. But that number is 83% for Democrats, compared with only 27% of Republicans.

On the angst meter, 62% of Democrats said they "experience anxiety" because of the president's controversies, while only 19% of Republicans say that is the case.

Respondents were split over whether the media were treating Trump fairly, with 43% saying yes and 42% saying no. But in terms of the political breakdown, that was like saying the average of one leg in the fire and the other in a bucket of ice is a pleasant temperature.

Three-quarters (75%) of Democrats said the media were being fair, while three-quarters of Republicans (76%) said they weren't.

Independents were actually split, with 37% saying the media was treating Trump fairly, but 40% saying they were not.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.